10 Unique Things You Can Make with Perler Beads

Perler beads, also known as Hama beads, offer endless creative possibilities. Whether you carefully create a design on a pegboard, string them together, or melt them to make a confetti style bowl, you’re only limited by the power of your imagination. Let this roundup inspire your next DIY project.

Cup guards
Perler beads bowl
Perler Bead Mirror
Perler Bead Phone Case
Perler Bead Coasters
Tray from pearler beads
Perler Bead Key chain
Candle holder with hama beads

1. Coasters


Create unique patterns to make pretty coasters for yourself or someone else. This is a great DIY gift idea, especially for older children who want to make something for their parents, grandparents, or teachers. Learn how at Brit + Co.

2. Cup Guards

cup guards

There’s nothing worse than getting bugs in your beverage while you’re trying to relax outside. Make Zine shows you how to protect your drinks with a simple perler bead project.

3. Decorative Tray

tray from pearler beads

Organize jewelry, change, keys or other small items in a decorated rose tray. If you don’t like roses, use the cross stitch pattern of your choice to make a unique design on your tray. Tried & True has the tutorial.

4. Key Chain


A retro style camper key chain made from perler beads is cute yet practical. The Scrap Shoppe has the details.

5. Perler Bead Mirror


Jazz up a plain mirror with a colorful perler bead border. This project is from Perler.com and intended to go in a child’s locker, but you could certainly make a full size version if you wish.

6. Bowl

Perler beads bowl

If you lack the patience to arrange beads in a complicated design, melt them together to make a funky decorative bowl. Pink Stripey Socks explains how to make this quick and easy DIY project.

7. Desk Organizer

desk organizer

YouTube has a tutorial you can use to create a custom pencil cup and office supply organizer for your desk. These items would also be great handmade gifts.

8. Custom Notebook


Use a perler bead design to decorate a plain notebook for a special spot to jot down your to-do list or work on finally writing your first novel. Learn more about this project at Babble.

9. Phone Case

Perler Bead Phone Case

Need a new phone case? Why not make one that’s totally unique with this cute DIY project from Cut Out + Keep? The same basic technique could easily be used to make a different phone case for every day of the week!

10. Candle Holder

candle holder with hama beads

Weave beads together with shirring elastic to decorate a plain candle holder. Minieco has the details. Once you’ve mastered the technique, try decorating flower vases, pencil cups, and glass bowls.

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